Imran Khan’s coverage on this site is listed at the end of this post. Last November he spoke on New Delhi Television’s ‘Your Call’ programme after Barack Obama had been re-elected as the US president. The video may be seen here.
He expressed the hope that Obama would end the drone strikes in his country
Speaking as the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Party, Mr Khan pointed out that since the US president no longer faces the pressure of another election, he can ignore the pressure from the pro-war lobby and put an end to the “barbaric” and “counter-productive” drone attacks in Pakistan, during which the United States had been:
- descending to a lower level than that of the Taliban
- violating all humanitarian laws
- and 98% killed were civilians and low level militants (Stanford University report).
Calling Obama a man of peace, Imran Khan said that he hoped that the US President will follow his instincts and no longer heed the pressures of the generals and ’patriots’.
At the World Economic Forum conference on India held in Gurgaon, Haryana, Khan said Obama’s first term in office had been “very tough on Pakistan — an increase in drone attacks and a surge in Afghanistan and increased militancy in Pakistan as a result.”
He told reporters that Pakistan would be hoping for a de-escalation of violence in Afghanistan and the drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas.